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I owe Mom a new dictionary.  She has the two-volume World Book Encyclopedia Dictionary from 1964, but she was finding that it didn't have many of the crossword entries she was trying to find.  She wants something more modern.  No, she does not have a computer.

The encyclopedias themselves went elsewhere some time back.  Mom was thinking to get rid of the WBE Dictionary set as well.  So I brought them home with me.  They have sentimental value; they're the dictionaries I grew up on.  In the carefree days of youth I spent many an hour flipping through those books, reading words for fun. 

Older dictionaries are cool, for the same reason that they're insufficient for Mom's crosswords.  They're full of words that no one uses anymore.  The building blocks for comprehending a point in history.  Cool.

Besides the WBE dictionary set, I have Webster's Ninth Collegiate Dictionary (1983).  Which isn't all that old, but really was my college dictionary.  And there's the Duden Pictorial Encyclopedia in Five Languages (1958), which I picked up at the UW fall book sale.  Mmm...multilingual archaism....

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